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Launch of recycling art exhibition: ‘Thanks for Trying’

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20 July 2021 to 23 July 2021

Thanks for Trying is an exhibition illustrating some of the weird, wonderful and wrong items that have found their way into household recycling in recent weeks. The project is curated by internationally acclaimed artist Mat Kemp whose experience in working with recycled and “found” artefacts has helped bring to life an array of objects rejected from north London’s household recycling stream. 

All sorts of items end up in our recycling bins, from natty knitwear to rusty hedge trimmers. This exhibition aims to show these items in a new light whilst provoking thought and discussion around our recycling habits. Despite the aesthetic delight of this exhibition, there is a very serious message behind it which is commissioned by North London Waste Authority (NLWA). Even with the best of intentions, some household items simply cannot go in the household recycling bin - putting them in there can have big consequences on the recycling process.

The recycling bin isn’t always the answer. Instead, check with your local authority or at the very least stick with the obvious cardboard, clear plastics, glass and cans. If in doubt, it’s best to leave it out. Visit the Thanks For Trying exhibit and discover the beauty in the discarded - you will never look at rubbish in the same way again!

  • When: 20-23 July 2021 – Tuesday-Thursday 11am to 6pm (last entry 5.30pm), Friday 11pm-4pm (last entry 3.30pm)
  • Where: Kiosk N1C, Coal Drops Yard, 108 Lower Stable Street, Kings Cross, London N1C 4DQ
  • Admission: Free